A new study gives students more reason to be worrisome about throwing all care and responsibility to the wind when they go out drinking during college. The risks for sexual assault are at their highest during women’s freshmen year. Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is a leading cause for assault, especially rape. Researchers have been conducting more studies to try to understand why women are more susceptible to rape during the freshman year of college. They have found that the first factor is a history of assault prior to college and the second being of the opinion that consuming alcohol heightens the sexual experience. These studies hope to pinpoint the factors that increase a women’s chance of sexual assault to create more efficient educational programs.

Educational Programs

Education is the backbone of society. The only way to progress as a people or a nation is to become more educated. Studies have shown that preventative education is the best way to keep young adults safe from dangerous decisions. Drug abuse and addiction, for example, is significantly reduced when young adults understand the dangers that are involved with experimenting with substances. There is no difference when it comes to consuming alcohol and assault. Professionals believe that by creating a more comprehensive educational program for young adults, concerning the dangers of alcohol and sexual assault, they can greatly reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Statistics

These professionals took a survey of 483 incoming freshmen females to a private New York undergraduate University. They were asked several questions related to rape and perpetrator tactics three different times during the semester. Roughly 15% of those students admitted to being raped that school year when they were incapacitated from alcohol or drugs. There were also 18% of those students who were raped, while incapacitated from drugs or alcohol, before entering the University. Among those women, 41% were raped, again, while incapacitated from drugs or alcohol during their first year. The study found that if a program is going to succeed it must be created and implemented as early as 14 years of age.

The second important factor in this research is the perception of drinking and sexual activity. These attitudes towards alcohol consumption and sexual activity directly affect the chances of sexual assault. This is especially true on today’s campuses, where four out of five students are consuming alcohol. What is even more worrisome is that many of these students are admitting to binge drinking, which is an incredibly dangerous activity. When binge drinking is involved sexual assault likelihood is exponentially increased. The new educational programs that are being created should not simply be focused on women, but the whole community. It is the responsibility of an entire society to make sure these horrible actions are not continued.

Alcohol and Sexual Assault Education

When it comes to alcohol and sexual assault there is always a perpetrator. Educational programs must focus attention on both sexes. Females must be extremely careful how they choose to consume alcohol and to whom they surround themselves. Equally important is the role male’s play. Educational programs should focus half the attention on the responsible what to conduct activities when alcohol is involved. All young adults should be taught the dangers and consequences of irresponsible alcohol consumption. This education should continue on through to the University years. Indiana campuses should provide, or even make them mandatory, seminars that explain the dangers incoming freshmen are going to come across. They should advocate responsibility, respect, and speak against binge drinking and under-age drinking. These activities are incredibly dangerous and must be given more attention.

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